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Farewell Message

My Dearest GWAC Members and Friends,

We have had an extraordinary year together and I am fortunate, and humbled, to have served as the 26th President of such an esteemed organization.  I want to, first, thank my extraordinary Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, and Co-Chairs for their dedication and sacrifice.  This group of women consists of mothers, law students, and diligent professionals who volunteered countless hours of their time, resources, and energy to ensure a productive and successful bar year, and I am truly grateful for their support.  Similarly, I am indebted to each of you, our members and friends, who rallied behind our leadership, throughout the year, and supported our monthly programs and events.  It is because of you that GWAC was able to maintain our longstanding presence in the Washington metropolitan area.  It is also because of you that GWAC was able to lead several important service projects and initiatives, and for that I am truly grateful. 

We began and ended this bar year by serving others, an obligation that I, personally, hold near and dear to my heart.  In particular, last October, we committed ourselves to educating the general public and our members about domestic violence awareness and prevention by, first, holding a press conference at the John A. Wilson District Building with NBA President, Attorney Benjamin Crump, and Black Women for Positive Change in honor of the 2015 National Week of Nonviolence.  Shortly thereafter, we held an informative panel discussion on the many reasons African American women suffer disproportionately from domestic violence with D.C. Councilman Kenyan McDuffie, the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia, Dr. Roger Mitchell, Jr., and Barbara Marshall, domestic violence survivor and mother of NFL player, Brandon Marshall.  In November, rather than hold a monthly general body meeting, or program, we served dinner to several residents and guests at D.C. Central Union Mission, an organization that houses and feeds up to 170 homeless individuals per night.  Throughout the year, we also met at the Washington Center for Aging Services to play Bingo with the center’s residents and patients.

Accordingly, I am excited to participate in similar projects in the future, and remain confident in the service-oriented vision of our newly elected group of social engineers.  I ask that you, too, prepare and commit yourselves to support the vision of our incoming leadership.

More particularly, this bar year we worked hard to ensure that our impact was far reaching, to include our establishing and maintaining partnerships with several phenomenal voluntary bar associations and community-based organizations.  For instance, this Spring, we hosted a groundbreaking Leadership Symposium with the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia.  We also participated in programs with the Washington Bar Association, Black Millenials4Flint, and Alfred Street Baptist Church, to name a few. To that end, I look forward to what new relationships the new bar year will bring.

Finally, perhaps what I am most proud about this bar year is our work to revive the Charlotte E. Ray American Inn of Court, the first American Inn of Court to be named after an African American woman.  After being inactive for the past few years, we held two engaging and well-attended presentations in the Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016 and we look forward to retaining our charter and once, again, serving as the only general practice Inn at the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. 

While I could go on and on about the number of programs, forums, and events we held this past year, what is most important to me is that our remarkable legacy continues.  As I have mentioned on numerous occasions, we all stand on the shoulders of twenty-five (25) strong and influential Past Presidents, and so many more former Board members, Chairs, and members, who sacrificed tremendously over the years, to ensure that our organization is where it is today.  As such, it is up to you, members and friends, as well as our next group of leaders, to ensure that GWAC remains a permanent and powerful fixture within the D.C. metropolitan community.

Thank you so much for allowing me to serve as your President and may God bless you all.

Warmest Regards, 

Brandes S.G. Ash, Esq.
GWAC President, 2015-2016


2016 Judicial Reception with Keynote Speaker 
The Honorable Denise Wilson-Taylor
hosted by Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. 

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We would love for you to be part of our organization.  We have several career, social, and professional development events planned for this year.  Remember, membership has its advantages, such as access to the GWAC job bank and an invitation to some of our signature events.

We hope you consider joining our organization. Regular Membership is $65, Graduate Membership is $30 (graduated within the past two years), and Student Membership is $15.


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August 13, 2016
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August 20, 2016
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